Happy New Year Course

Happy 2022 to you all, if your intention is to improve your skills this year, whilst saving more than your annual subscription then read on:

Essential Navigation Courses at the Nottage  

Do you enjoy, or do you know anyone who enjoys being on the water with friends and family but might want to learn a bit more about what is involved in messing about safely in boats?

If you do then the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is just right for you or them!   The Nottage Maritime Institute is running the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course this winter commencing on 20 th January for seven evenings. The evening sessions are gently paced with time to discuss the topics informally and interactively. No prior experience is required, the topics covered will give you the knowledge you need to be a safe and useful crew member and will help you to assist the skipper in running the boat.It will also provide a sound basis for further learning should you wish to take on more responsibility afloat in the future.

Instructor: Bernie Hetherington (RYA Instructor)

Timetable: 20, 27 January, 3 and 24 February, 3, 10, 17, March 2022

Duration: 7 evenings 19.00 – 21.30

Course Fee: £165 including course materials (less 20% – £33, for local sailing and yacht club members)

More details from  the Nottage on 01206 824142 or email us: admin@nottage.org.uk

January 2022 meeting

As you know we don’t meet at WSC in January. Instead we meet for a meal out. Dave has been researching places available and has provisionally booked in at the Martello Inn in Clacton on sea.

Date MONDAY 17th January. Time 19:30 (7.30pm)

We do need to supply numbers and so if you would like to come please let DAVE HAYES know.

It will be nice to get back to normal, so do join us, put it on your calendar and contact Dave.


Brenda McKee (ACBOC Secretary)

December meeting

Happily we can still meet at WSC  on Monday 6th December at 7.45
This is the last meeting of 2021 and our next meeting will be 7 th February.
There will be a few festive nibbles provided to help the evening on its way, but as Omicron is looming over us, it would be sensible to do a lateral flow test before attending.
Looking forward to seeing you there

Social meetings resume

Our social meetings can recommence from next Monday 1st of November at the Wivenhoe Sailing Club in Wivenhoe at 19.45hrs

Please do a COVID  lateral flow test on the day or the day before to check you cannot spread Covid to other members. The infection rates are very high at the moment.

It will be so nice to meet up again after such a long layoff.

Hopefully we will see some of our new members who have been unaware of our past meetings. Do come along and share success stories (and others) from this last season.


Regards, Brenda McKee. (ACBO Secretary)

Moorings & Working party 6th November


ACBO intends to buy the materials for laying 6 fore and aft moorings in the creek. The cost is going to be £580 per fore and aft mooring.

ACBO will contribute to this cost £150 thus reducing the cost to £430. This includes the sinker attached to 1.5m chain that attaches to rope up to the surface that attaches to the mooring buoy, It also includes the cost of burying the sinker. The strops that attach the boat to the buoy are NOT included in this.

If you are interested in paying for one of these newly laid moorings, please let us know. Once the mooring is in use by you, the sole responsibility for maintenance will be down to you. This is the case even though ACBO has supplied the materials and commissioned the laying of the mooring.

The reason for this decision is that many moorings are falling into disrepair, and some have disappeared completely. This may seem like a big outlay, but for 10 years peace of mind, and a secure mooring, it works out at £43 per year.


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th 2021         11am until dark!

There will be refreshments at coffee break, and lunch break, and the bonfire will be lit later when bacon and sausage rolls provided. This is to dispose of the accumulated pile at the back of the West shed.

Group 1       To cut out and prepare suitable wheels for sinkers, possibly to weld rebar to attach chain.        I/C           BRIAN SINCLAIR

Group 2       To assist with guttering repairs.                               I/C      Anthony Vickers

Group 3       Clearing the area between North and South sheds         I/C     Steve Watts

Group 4       Begin roofing the roofless shed on North side      I/C      Peter Hyett

Bonfire                                                                                     I/C      Paul Killick

Refreshments                                                                            I/C      Bill and Bren

Possibly not all of the above will take place, but it will depend upon the number of people that can turn up. IF YOU THINK YOU CAN TURN UP PLEASE CAN YOU LET ME KNOW FOR CATERING PURPOSES

Looking forward to seeing people once more at the sheds, after a couple of weird years.


Brenda (ACBO Secretary)

Events update

Our next event is on July 17 th. We meet READY to lock in to the basin at Heybridge at 5pm on that day. Currently 5 boats are booked in.

Food arrangements are different this year as the Jolly Sailor is unable to take our booking.

Dave Hayes has offered to collect either fish and chips, or Chinese from the Heybridge China Garden, and deliver it to us shortly after 7pm.

You need to contact Dave directly with your order. They need a couple of days notice, so let Dave know your Chinese order with the numbers and descriptions from the Chinese menu that is available on line. Keep a record of the price of your food and pay Dave cash on the day. If you’re a fish and chip person, make sure you specify what fish you require.

Our last event is the Bradwell laying up cruise on 25 th September (HW 3.30) and whilst it seems a long way off, bookings are essential, and Dave Hayes would like to know which boats are going. Food is in the pub at the Green Man, and they will need to know numbers too. Contact Dave Hayes directly to confirm booking.